Fodor's Expert Review Colonel Short's Villa
Built in 1859, this house's stylistic influence was due to the two-story galleries of its dining room wing, which had railings made of cast iron. Architect Henry Howard is known for designing Nottaway, the largest plantation home in America. The fence features a pattern of morning glories and cornstalks and is the most famous work of cast iron in the Garden District. Colonel Short purchased the fence for his wife, who was homesick for her native Iowa. The house was occupied by Union governor Michael Hahn and by governor Nathaniel Banks during the Civil War.